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Public Intellectuals and the Common Good: Christian Thinking for Human Flourishing



Evangelical Christians are active across all spheres of intellectual and public life today. But a disconnect remains: the work they produce too often fails to inform their broader communities. In the midst of a divisive culture and a related crisis within evangelicalism, public intellectuals speaking from an evangelical perspective have a critical role to play—within the church and beyond. What does it look like to embrace such a vocation out of a commitment to the common good?

Public Intellectuals and the Common Good draws together world-class scholars and practitioners to cast a vision for intellectuals who promote human flourishing. Representing various roles in the church, higher education, journalism, and the nonprofit sector, contributors reflect theologically on their work and assess current challenges and opportunities. What historically well-defined qualities of public intellectuals should be adopted now? What qualities should be jettisoned or reimagined?

Public intellectuals are mediators—understanding and then articulating truth amid the complex realities of our world. The conversations represented in this book celebrate and provide guidance for those who through careful thinking, writing, speaking, and innovation cultivate the good of their communities.

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  • Casts a vision for intellectuals who promote human flourishing
  • Addresses common questions about Christians influence on culture
  • Provides guidance for those who cultivate the good of their communities
  • Introduction, Todd C. Ream, Jerry Pattengale, and Christopher J. Devers
  • Part 1: Theological Reflections
  • On Being a Christian Public Intellectual, Miroslav Volf
  • The Spirit, the Common Good, and the Public Sphere, Amos Yong
  • Part 2: Professional Reflections
  • Cultivating Public Intellectuals for the Common Good, Linda A. Livingstone
  • Loving God and Neighbor, Heather Templeton Dill
  • The Common Grace of Journalism in a Post-Truth Era, Katelyn Beaty
  • Part 3: Personal Reflections
  • How Reconciliation Saved My Scholarship, Emmanuel Katongole
  • Concluding Conversation: An Interview with John M. Perkins, David W. Wright
  • Miroslav Volf
  • Amos Yong
  • Linda A. Livingstone
  • Heather Templeton Dill
  • Katelyn Beaty
  • Emmanuel Katongole
  • John M. Perkins and David Wright
  • Title: Public Intellectuals and the Common Good: Christian Thinking for Human Flourishing
  • Authors: Todd C. Ream, Jerry Pattengale, Christopher J. Devers
  • Publisher: IVP Academic
  • Print Publication Date: 2021
  • Logos Release Date: 2020
  • Pages: 146
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Reader Edition
  • Subjects: Christianity › United States; Evangelicalism › United States; Intellectuals › Religious life--United States; Common good › Religious aspects--Christianity; United States › Intellectual life
  • ISBNs: 9780830854820, 9780830854813
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-07-29T16:36:22Z

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